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Scholarships

First Year Student Academic Scholarships

First year students who are admitted to St. Cloud State University prior to March 1 will be considered for an academic scholarship. These scholarships, awarded through the Office of Admissions, are merit based and will not require an additional application. Consideration is based on the student's academic record, class rank, and standardized test scores.

Academic scholarships range from $750-$5,000 per year and are renewable for up to four years pending GPA and course requirements are met.

Facts and Stats

Awarded to
students admitted
to SCSU prior to

March 1

Students who
rank in the

Top 30%

Of their class
Receive Awards
(if your High School
ranks students)

-- And --

Scored above

23 ACT

-- or --

Have at least a

3.30 GPA

Cumulative GPA
(on a 4.0 scale)

ACT/High School GPAScholarship Award Amount
36 ACT $5,000
35 ACT $5,000
34 ACT $5,000
33 ACT $3,000
32 ACT $2,500 - $3,000
31 ACT $2,000 - $2,500
30 ACT or 4.0 or Higher High School GPA $1,500 - $2,500
29 ACT or 3.90 to 3.99 High School GPA $1,500 - $2,500
28 ACT or 3.80 to 3.89 High School GPA $1,000 - $2,000
27 ACT or 3.70 to 3.79 High School GPA $1,000 - $2,000
26 ACT or 3.60 to 3.69 High School GPA $750 - $1,500
25 ACT or 3.50 to 3.59 High School GPA $750 - $1,500
24 ACT or 3.40 to 3.49 High School GPA $750 - $1,000
23 ACT or 3.30 to 3.39 High School GPA $750 - $1,000

Academic Scholarships

Residence Hall Academic Scholarship

All first-year students that earn an academic scholarship will also be eligible for a Residence Hall Scholarship. These awards range from $500-$1,000 per year and can be renewed for up to four years. In order to be eligible, students must be admitted by March 1st and complete a housing agreement no later than May 1st.

Cultural Diversity Scholarships

New students who contribute to the cultural diversity at St. Cloud State University will be automatically considered for these awards. To be eligible, students should demonstrate strong academic achievement through their curriculum, academic record and standardized test scores.

Non-Resident Tuition Scholarships

Non-Resident Tuition Scholarships are awarded to new first year students who do not otherwise qualify for in-state or reciprocity tuition. Recipients pay the equivalent of in-state tuition. Applicants must rank in the top 15% of their graduating class or earn a composite score of 25 or above on the ACT/1140 SAT (excluding writing). All students who meet the above requirements will be automatically awarded the Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship on an on-going basis. There is no application deadline.

Apply for Foundation-Sponsored Scholarships

Starting January 5th, 2015 you will be able to apply for any or all of the Foundation-Sponsor Scholarships.

Foundation-Sponsored Scholarships

St. Cloud State University also offers scholarships provided by friends and alumni of the University available for both incoming first-year and transfer students.

All Scholarship applicants must be admitted to the University by January 25th and will be required to submit the online application and supplemental materials (letter(s) of recommendation and activities resume) no later than February 15th. All scholarship award winners will be notified of their award by April 1st.

[+/-]Second Generation Scholarship for the Children of SCSU Alumni

  • Must be a dependent child of SCSU alumni
  • Enroll full time at SCSU
  • Entering SCSU as an undergraduate for the first time as a first year student with a B average or above

[+/-]Floyd & Virgie Beumer Scholarship

  • Graduate of Rocori High School in Cold Spring, MN
  • Demonstrated financial need

[+/-]Charles and Laurel Brainard Scholarship

  • Student must have financial need and demonstrate leadership potential
  • Incoming student must have a good academic record 
  • Must be full-time students

[+/-]Dudley and Merl Brainard Scholarship

  • Incoming first year student with a good academic record
  • Student must have financial need and demonstrate leadership potential

[+/-]Diana & Robert Carter Scholarship

  • Must intend to major in the G.R. Herberger College of Business
  • Preference given to female students
  • Recipient must be admitted as regularly enrolled full-time student

[+/-]Coborn’s Incorporated Scholarship

  • Intended for first year students demonstrating financial need and involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • Available to a new incoming student who has lived and graduated from a high school in a community where there is a Coborn's, Incorporated store

[+/-]Coborn Plaza New Entering Veteran Student Scholarship

  • Students eligible for this scholarship must be an admitted to St. Cloud State University
  • A completed housing agreement on file to live in Coborn Plaza Apartments
  • Incoming transfer student must have a good academic record
  • A Veteran of military service
  • Download the Scholarship Application

[+/-]Minnie Boese Depuis Scholarship

  • Incoming student who demonstrates financial need
  • Preference given to a graduate of Becker High School or a student from Sherburne County

[+/-]Myers Family Scholarship

  • Graduated from a high school with fewer than 100 students in their graduating class or is from a city with a population of less than 5,000 residents
  • Demonstrated financial need

[+/-]Grace Scholarship

  • Incoming student who ranks in the top 25% of their graduating class
  • Intends to enroll full time and has demonstrated financial need

[+/-]Richard Green Scholarship

  • Incoming student who ranks in the top 25% of their graduating class
  • Intends to enroll full time and will contribute to the cultural diversity of the University
  • Preference given to students who participate in extracurricular activities and community service.

[+/-]Harry and Jan Hoelscher Scholarship

  • Incoming first year student who has at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Active member of St. Peter's Parish in St. Cloud, MN
  • Preference given to students who demonstrate financial need

[+/-]Arthur J. Kurtzman Sr. Scholarship in Education

  • New incoming student who enrolls as a full time student who graduated from the high school serving Avon residents or the high school serving Rockville residents, provided they attended all elementary grades in either Avon or Rockville, MN
  • Intend to become teachers

[+/-]The James W. Miller Family Endowed Scholarship

  • Incoming first year students from the 11 county Central Minnesota area who demonstrate high financial need
  • Student should have a good academic record

[+/-]Lula Mische Freshmen Scholarship

  • Incoming first year students enrolling full time who have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantages or disabilities, or who are first generation college students

[+/-]Alys Mayman Misho Freshman Scholarship

  • Incoming student in the top 25% of their graduating class
  • Demonstration of leadership through extracurricular activities and leadership positions (through high school and community involvements)
  • Preference for students from Central Minnesota

[+/-]Margaret L. Nearly Future Teachers Scholarships

  • Incoming full time first year student who intends to become an elementary school teacher
  • Demonstrated superior academic ability

[+/-]Optimist Club Scholarship

  • Incoming first year student with good academic ability
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills

[+/-]Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

  • Information coming soon!

[+/-]Ronald G Perrier Scholarship

  • Incoming first year student who ranks in the top 25% of their graduating class
  • Intended arts major wtih strong proficiency in athletic performance

[+/-]Lauren Marie Riesgraf Endowed Scholarship

  • Incoming first year student graduating from Maple Grove or Annandale High School (MN) with a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Enroll as a full time student and be working to pay for a portion of his/her college education
  • Essay Topic: Describe your goals and aspirations upon graduation from high school and how receiving this scholarship may help in the pursuit of your dreams (approximately 300 words)

[+/-]Fred N and Blanche L Sartell Scholarship in Elementary Education

  • Incoming first year student intending to major in Elementary Education who ranks in the top 25% of their graduating class
  • Participation in extra-curricular activities (high school and community) will be considered
  • Preference given to students residing in Sartell, MN

[+/-]Susan Lynn Webb Scholarship

  • Incoming student with strong participation in activities with demonstrated leadership skills
  • Student should have a good academic record

[+/-]Xcel Energy Foundation Endowed Scholarship

  • Incoming first year student intending to major in mathematics or the sciences
  • Consideration for students who have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantages or disabilities, or who are first generation college students

Scholarship Search

Additional Scholarship Opportunities are available through the Financial Aid Office.

Scholarship Information